a LIBRARY OF THE Sf UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA $J LOS ANGELES *p KATEY'S VOYAGE. Bonbon: GROOA1BKIDGE & SOS 3, PATE USOSrEB HOW. l&ateg's Ft 5350. IT is a fine evening in autumn, and little Katey is standing at her father's door, near the quay, at Douglas, Isle of Man. The steam packet is just going to sail for Eng- land, and a great many people are hurrying by to go on board. Porters are carrying heavy boxes, and hampers, and trunks, and sacks to the custom house, near the end of the quay, that the custom house officers may look in to see that no passenger is taking anything away with him that he ought not. And in the midst of all this bustle Katey is looking on. She can see the red chimney of the steam packet in the distance, and she is just wishing that she was going to England too, for she has never been off the quiet lifetle island ; and she thinks that great big Eng- land, with its large towns and many people, 6 KATEY S VOYAGE. must be a wonderful place. She would at least try to get on board for a little while be- fore the vessel sailed. So little Katey, not considering what a wrong thing she is going to do, runs into the house for her every-day bonnet, which she knows she shall find hung on a peg of the hat stand. But first she peeps into the par- lour, where her mama is nursing the baby to sleep, and her papa reading ; both of them believing that Katey is with Ann, the maid, in the kitchen, helping to wipe apples, to keep through the winter : ^Kd indeed, if Ann If^i been a thoughtful good /resjjant, what weltfe about to relate would neverna^^ip. peneck But Ann chose to slip out to a friend in the yard, leaving Katey to wipe the apples by herself; and then it was that 41ie little girl, growing tired of her employ mem, walked unobserved upstairs, and openmg* the street door, stood gazing on the passers-by as we- have seen. ^T' Katey's papa and mama did not perceive her curly head peeping in at the parlour door. So she put on her bonnet and ran out, tying the strings as well as she could as she hurried along the quay with the crowd. KATET'S VOYAGE. 7 No one noticed her; for Low could they sup- pose that such a little girl could be going, all alone, into a large steam packet full of passengers, and fish, and cattle, and rough sailors ! Katey on board the packet ! TVhat a bus- tle there is on Douglas quay ! How the passengers and porters bustle and push each other as they haste to the narrow gangway of the steamer and down the stairs to the deck ! A policeman tries to keep them in order, while they pass him, one by one, from the shore ; but he has hard work of it, for there are many going, and the evening is so very fine that every one is full of spirits. Our friend Katey slipt quietly on board the packet behind a decent countrywoman ; and as the little girl was dressed in her checked pinafore, printed frock, and common bonnet, every one took her to be the coun- trywoman's child. And when she was once on board, she kept so still, looking about her, and everybody else was so busy, that no onj took any notice of her whatever. ' But was she not afraid ?' asks a littla reader. Iso, my dear, not yet. The scene KJiTEY'S VOYAGE. was so strange and new, that she felt nothing but astonishment for many minutes. She : had got close by the luggage, where it 1 was being piled on a heap near the boiler, and was watching the sailors in the other- part of the vessel, called the steerage. They tvere as busy as so many bees, clearing the, deck, rolling the great barrels of fish into their proper places, mopping up the wet and dirt, coiling thd) ropes out of the way of the- passengers, and placing benches for them to sit upon. After a while the countrywoman went and sat upon one of these with some other women and a manyiand Katey was going to sit down too, for sKe was tired or standing, when she happened to catch sight of two very pretty little calves in a stall under the gangway. They looked very much frightened, and Katey pitied them exceedingly. So she ran to them, and began stroking and talking' to them ; and so busily was she thus occu- pied, that she never noticed the ringing of the bell that summoned ashore all the people who did not intend sailing to England, but had only come on board the steam packet to bid farewell to their friends. *\ King, ring, ring, ting, ting, ting, went the bell, louder KATEY S YOYAGE. aud louder, and still Katey took no notice ot it, her whole attention being given to sooth- ing the patient little calves, and patting their pretty red heads. The vessel was cleared, the bell ceased to ring, the engine began to make the paddles spin round and round, the pier with its crowded edge passed rapidly by, and little Katey was on the open sea, sad- ing away with a fair breeze to England. THE ALAEM. will you do now, little Katey ? and your poor father and mother, Katey, what are they doing? They missed their little daughter a quarter of an hour ago, and after making vain inquiries of the servant Ann, can only learn that she last saw her young mistress in the kitchen, busy with the rosy apples. They search every corner of frhe house. Then the anxious father turns his hopes in another direction, and sending the servant one way, himself goes another, to ask all the neighbours whether they have Been little Katey. They return seriously 10 KATEY'S VOYAGE. alarmed, for no one has seen her ; and the heart-sick mother searches the house once more, and this trme in the most unlikely places, with a despairing hope of finding her darling stout 'little girl as she is fast asleep in some drawer or box ! Vain hope ! poor mother's heart ! It' is now quite dark, and early people are going to bed, when a neighbour steps in to say, with e^ger^ half-frighted face, that John Quail, a poor half-witted boy, saw Miss Katey running along the quay in her bonnet and pinafore. If John Quail had not been a poor half-wit>- ted fellow, he would also have told that it was just before the steam packet sailed, and then the sorrowful parents would have had a clue to the whereabouts of their missing lit- tle one. But as he omits to say that, and they enquire in vain of the old sailors still idling about the quay, a dreadful fear seizes upon them ; they scarcely dare to whisper it to themselves, can their dear child kave fallen over the quay into ihe dark green waters below ? KATE I *S VOYAGE. 11 THE VOYAGE. THE vessel rode on ; the waves foamed and swelled, and dujhtu" llfV i ....... ^.i>. The moon came from behind ti cloud, and one of her beams dm ltd buiit?atl-4he gfmgrvay of --Uie stc?m> packet fell on the brow and curling tresses of a sleeping child. ' I say, Jem, saw you ever the like ?' Jem, the sailor, came round the gangway stairs- at this rough summons from his mate, who >vas standing looking at the stall where the ciiives were confined. ' AVhat is it ?' enquired Jem. ' V," .v, '.'.i-m't. you see that little curly head in the corner with the calves ?' Join looked closer, and there indeed, re- vealed by the moonlight, lay the weary, sor- rowful form of our poor little Katey. Her v had fiflien oil', and she was in a sound slumber. She had wept herself to sleep. Katey had not understood her real position until, having patted the calves to her heart's content, she was roused by the quietness succeeding to the bf-.stie that had failed to 12 KATEY'S VOYAGE. attract her attention. Himning then to the side of the steam packet, for the sea was calm, and the vessel rode smoothly as yet, and people could walk steadily on the deck, she observed with dismay that the quay, and the town, and her own dear home, and the very shores of her native island were almost out of sight. Her first impulse was to scream alfAid ; hut Katey was a shy child, and when she looked around, and saw the number of stmnge faces on board, she dared not scream. So she hurried back to the calves, who appeared to be her only friends, and after looking at them awhile with eyes dim with tears, she crept quietly into the stall, and hid herself in its darkest corner, where the little lost child cried until she could cry no longer, as she thought of her dear papa and mama, and her sweet little baby-brother, whom she thought she should never see again. ^Now she knew what a foolish child she had been, and wor.Id have given all the world to be in her own suug little bed, with her kind mama bending over her pillow to bestow the good-night kiss. In the midst of her sad thoughts and trouble she fell asleep; and after drearcmg KATEY'S TOYAGE. 13 that she was drowning in Douglas bay, and that she saw her papa and mama stretching out their arms in vain to save her, site slept until discovered by the two sailors, as we have already seen. A FRIEND IX XEED. DEAB me !' exclaimed the captain, when Jem and his friend, having awakened Katey, presented her before him, and told him how they had found her, and that she was quite alone, * dear me ! what ? come on board by yourself! Whom do you belong to, littlft girl ? What's your name ?' ' Katey,' sobbed the child. ' And who is your father, my dear ?' ' My father is Philip Hanson.' * I Know him,' said one of the men. ' He lives at Douglas, just off the quay.' 'I know him too. I've bought goods at his warehouse,' observed a lady ; for all the passengers had pressed to tin? division be- tween the steerage and fore cabin, io see the 11 KATET'S TOTAGE. poor child, who looked so lost and bewildered, and sobbed so bitterly. ' "What shall I do with her P' enquired the captain, in dismay ; ' I have nowhere to take- her to till the vessel sails again.' ' Captain/ said the lady who had spoken before, ' will you trust her with me ? I will take her to my house in Liverpool until the return of the packet.' 1 "What do you say, my dear,' asked the captain, of the little girl ; ' von. see, I can't put about and convey you home now, and you will not be able to return till Friday. Will you go with this kind lady r' Looking up through her tears, Katey met the gaze of the pleasant motherly face that smiled so kindly upon her. 'Yes,' she re- plied softly, * I will go.' The lady drew her to her side, and began to converse with her ; and the little girl had soon acquainted her new friend with the his- tory of her thoughtless flight from home, of her repentance and misery. Then the lady spoke very gently to her, and told her ho\r she 1 , would take her to visit her own little children at irlnjir Koine in Liverpool until she KATEY'B VOYAGE. 15 could place her beneath the care of the good captain to return to the Isle of Man. After a while Katey became very sick, for by this time the packet was out in the open, sea, quite out of sight of land ; and then, oh! how she wished more than ever that she had not been so silly as to leave her dear parents and her pleasant home. But the kind lady, whose name was Mrs. Stephens, took great care of her, laying her down gently on a sofa 'n the saloon, and bathing her forehead with eau de Cologne, until, at length, she fell into a troubled sleep. KATEY ARRIVES IS" LIVERPOOL. WHAT a bustle, what a hurrying of im- mense waggons and huge drays, of coaches and carriages, and people. Surely some un- usual occurrence has drawn the crowd to- gether ; the streets cannot always be so busy ? Katey had never seen so many people in her life before. The coach rattles along, and comes into a more quiet part of the town. At length they reach Rodney Street: Katey 's friend 18 KATEY S VOYAGE. points out the name, and tells her that they will be at home immediately. The street looks dull after the bustle they have passed through ; but Katey is glad of the quietness, for her little brain was beginning to turn. The coachman draws up before a row of gen- teel houses. Two rosy children come skip- ping- down the steps of the door opposite which the coach stopped. * Mama ! mama !' they cry in the gladness of their hearts ; and mama, having left the coachman and the lug- gage to the care of the housemaid, tenderly embraces her dear ones, and then introduces Katey, still in her straw bonnet and pinafore, and wofully tumbled and dirty after her sea adventures. ' Xow, my dear/ said Mrs. Stephens to Katey, M-hen she had a little recovered her recollection, 'you shall go upstairs with Sarah, the housemaid, and Emma and Grace frhall go with you. Emma dear, you and, Katey are nearly the same size. Do you think we can select a set of your clean clothes for her ? While they are airing, Sarah will help her to wash, and brush her hair, and assist her to dress.' * Emma was delighted with the task assigned KATEY'S YOYAOE. 17 her, aud tho three children went off together. How pleasant our little truant Manx girl looked, when she came down again, clean and rosy, with her hair nicely brushed, and one of Emma's pretty gingham frocks on ! It was two days before the packet would sail on its return to the Isle of Man. Mrs. Stephens was extremely anxious to send a letter to Katey's parents, for she knew how miserable they must be; but there was no other vessel sailing to the isle except that which would take bad; Katey herself, the 18 KATEY'S VOYAGE. best comfort. So there was nothing for it bat patience ; and Katey endeavoured to amuse herself with her new playmates, though not without seeding many a sorrowful thought ^across the sea to that dear home where fond despiring hearts almost gave her up as dead. KATEY S RETURN. KATEY remained two whole days with her friends, Mrs. Stephens, and Emma and Grace, and on the third the packet was to sail. So Mrs. Stephens ordered a coach, and she and her two little daughters, with Katey, drove down to the Clarence dock, where the Swal- low, easily to be distinguished from the other vessels by its tall red chimney, was prepar- ing for the voyage. Then Katey was taken on board, and the captain desired the stew- ardess to pay her every attention. How kind the good Liverpool lady had been to her little visitor ! She had had her clothes nicely washed, and the ribbons of her bonnet smoothed, and had presented her with & nictf warm cloak and gloves, that Katey KATEY'S VOYAGE. 19 might return to her home like a respectable little girl who had been paying a regular visit to England, instead of looking like a silly, little child as she was, who had run away from her home. Besides all this, Katey carried with her a pretty basket filled to the brim with biscuits, apples, figs, and such other good things, and having a tiny note at the bot- tom of all, written by Mrs. Stephens her- self to Katey's parents, to explain what had occurred, and also to say how much pleased she should be if they would allow Katey to visit her in the spring. The day is almost as warm as in summer ; a gentle breeze just ruffles the surface of the shining waters, and waves the brown curls of our friend Katey, who is standing on the deck of the Swallow, eagerly gazing in the direc- tion where she expects to catch the first glimpse of her native isle. She was sitting on deck in the course of the afternoon, eat- ing a biscuit, for she began to feel hungry, when the captain tapped her on the shoul- der. ' Well, my little maid,' said he, kindly, ' would you like a peep at the shores of lovely Manx ?* meaning the Isle of Maa. 20 HATET'S VOYAGE. * Oh yes ! l and Katey jumped and clapped her hands ; ' Oh yes, sir. Are we near ? do show me !* The captain led her to the forepart of the vessel, w T here he mounted her on a large cask. 1 Do you see that cloud in the distance, just on the edge of the waves ?' Katey looked very hard, and at length dis- cerned what indeed appeared only like a dim haze, but which, the captain assured her, was one of the precipitous hills of the Isle of Man. There was no hunger after this ; she could not eat a single mouthful, her little heart was too full as she thought of the near meeting with her beloved parents. ICATET'S VOYAGE. 21 THE JOTFUL MEETING. IT is six o'clock in the evening ; the sun is throwing his level rays across the white- " washed houses, the glittering bay, and pic- turesque rocks of Douglas. The quay is crowded with people, who are waiting to wel- come their friends and relatives, expected by the Swallow. And now the good old packet comes slowly in sight, seen first by the smoke from her tall chimney. Nearer and nearer she draws ; the captain mounts the gangway to issue his final orders ; the seamen are all busy aiding her entrance into port. Katey, her cheeks flushed with excitement, her heart beating rapidly, is mounted on the cask wondering if it be possible that her parents guess where she has been, and are there to meet her. tut no ! as the vessel passes along the quay, friendly faces smile upon their acquaintances on board, and hats are waved and hands are held out, but no one is waiting for poor little Ivatey. Yet, as she continues to gaze, she sees one or two whom ehe knows, after lifting up their hands and 22 EiTEY'S TOTAGE. eyes wonderingly, break away and run as hard as they can in the direction of her father's house. And before the vessel quite stops, she sees her dear papa, pale and agitated waiting impatiently until he can pass on the boat, and embrace his dear little girl once more. ' Your mother, my own darling, your poor mother is very ill. Oh ! Katey how could you grieve us so ?' KATET'S VOVAGE. 2& Katey's father hurried her home. Her mother had fainted quite away on learn- ing from a breathless neighbour the joyful news that her little girl, whom she almost be- lieved to be drowned in the green waters of the bay, and long since carried out by the re- tiring waves to her grave in the wide ocean, had returned safe ; so little Katey found her poor despairing, and now too happy mother lying, pale and exhausted, on the sofa. As Katey came running in, she strove to rise and meet her, and press her to her thankful heart. But she was too weak with the mis- ery of those three dreadful days ; and Katej rushed to her embrace as she lay, and poureci forth all her sorrow, and repentance, and joy at returning home, in one long gush of tears. . & IBILS1IS "SlreaUg ^ubiisijeU. $ I! FIRST PACKET. *f)j The Story of a Daisy. |M| Hover and his Friends; The Hero without Courage. Children's Visit to the Sea. Busy Bees. FOURTH PACKET. 1 flfl The Little Fortune Seekers. The New Ascent of Mont ~ V The Blackberry Gathering. y& The Fir Tree's Story. Blanc. Much Ado about Nothing. Hushabv. H |# SECOND PACKET. Twelfth'Night. K2JI fa The Child's Search for Fairies Hf The Fishermen's Children. S?\ Little Peepy. ^ *- Rabbits and Peewitg. Donald, the Shetland Pony. The White-haired Witch of Briery Wood. FIFTH PACKET. f Alice and her Bird. Buttercups and Daisies. m H5 Little Charley. A Visit to Queen Victoria. J^ THIRD PACKET. Katey's Voyage. 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